Your hot pot experience has just gotten smarter.
According to a press release yesterday (17 Oct), local telco M1 is working with popular hot pot chain Haidilao to set up a trial 5G network for the restaurant’s new store at Marina Square.
The store will have self-developed smart machines, like an Intelligent Kitchen Management System (IKMS), a customised automatic soup base machine, and robots that deliver food to customers.
Beyond this, the Marina Square outlet will also have a “5G experience corner” where customers will be able to engage in interactive VR and AR e-gaming while waiting for their tables.
Said Willis Sim, chief corporate sales and solutions officer at M1: “This will be our first 5G application in the F&B and retail domain, and we are excited to partner with one of Singapore’s favourite hot pot brands, Haidilao, to bring this smart experience to life.”
Added Frank Li, branch manager of Haidilao Marina Square: “5G is enabling better experiences across industries, and we are happy to bring the trial of this technology to our restaurant.”
The Business Times understands that there are plans for the new Haidilao outlet to open before the end of 2019.
Yesterday, Communications and Information Minister S Iswaran also revealed that “more areas in Singapore will be involved in the trial of ultra-fast 5G networks”.
An islandwide rollout is expected to start next year, and it is expected that by 2022, half the island could be covered by 5G networks.